All connections to Papa Westray operate via Kirkwall on the Orkney Mainland. Orkney can be reached by Loganair
flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Shetland. Flybe also flies to Kirkwall from Aberdeen. There are two car ferry services aross the Pentland Firth from the North of Scotland
(Pentland Ferries and NorthLink Ferries)
and one passenger-only service (
The John O' Groats to Orkney Ferry) in the summer.
Having reached mainland Orkney, you can choose to travel to Papay (Papa Westray) by Air or Sea:
Papa Westray by Air
There are at least two Loganair Islander flights every weekday and one flight on Sunday from
Kirkwall, the largest town on mainland Orkney. Stay overnight and you qualify for a special reduced fare. If you fly via Westray you will also
enjoy the world's shortest scheduled flight - under two minutes! You get a certificate to prove it.
The Islander has only 10 seats - including the pilot's - and is in high demand during the summer months. Advance booking is essential.
For fare information and flight bookings contact Loganair - tel (+44) 01856 872494
World's shortest scheduled flight - movie on YouTube
Papa Westray by Sea
There are two direct ferry sailings from Kirkwall
per week (Tuesday and Friday) for passengers and vehicles. During the summer months passengers on foot can also take the regular daily ferries to neighbouring
Westray then proceed by a connecting minibus service before a final short sea crossing to
Papay. The 'Golden Mariana' passenger service operates every day in the tourist season between Papay and Westray.
For more information and bookings, contact Orkney
Ferries - tel (+44) 01856 872044.
Ferries at Papa Westray pier - Golden Mariana in foreground
Movie on YouTube by PapayCreativeYouth
This YouTube Movie by PapayCreativeYouth shows how vehicles are transported
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